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Our site is here to represent all Airborne Sappers, we hope you find your visit to be interesting and informative. The association is a registered charity number 1009201 and has a written Constitution to ensure that everything is legal, formal and abiding.

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Last site content update 18th May 2022.

Service Not Self

Book of Valhalla:

A Register for the unforseen

More information

John Rock:

John Rock - The History


Details of books related to Airborne Sappers can be found here

AGM 2022:

Updated 12th February 2022

Added a booking update here watch this space for further updates.


Double Hills:

Double Hills Memorial

Who's behind it and why we should never forget

Updated 4th April 2022

Op Freshman:

Working with Peter Yeates to get details of this memorial, will get content added ASAP


Cromwell Lock:

Cromwell Lock Memorial

In memory of the ten Sappers from 300 Tp, 131 Indep Para Sqn RE (V) who lost their lives on the River Trent on 28th September 1975

Updated: 4th April 2022





Total Membership Past & Present 1,530


Message from the Association President Dec 2021

Things seem to be slowly getting back to normal, with branches starting to hold meetings, the annual AGM and Gala Dinner being held in Harrogate and a range of commemorative events taking place, some of which I have been able to attend. Details of these are in the Journal. Amongst the latter were the Double Hills memorial service and the Cromwell Lock service both held in September and a number of other dedication events were held as well. The Airborne Engineers Association have been allocated 36 tickets for the annual Remembrance Day service at Whitehall and all tickets have been allocated.

As probably most of you are aware this will be the last printed Journal to be published as from next year the Journal will go on-line, meaning that its long-time editor, Dave Rutter, can put his feet up for a well-earned rest. We owe Dave a lot of thanks for the work he has put in over 20 years in producing an excellent publication. The online journal will be initially under the direction of our Webmaster, Dave Pace, and will be in a similar format to the existing one; however, we will be on the lookout for a new Editor, so any volunteers one pace forward!

I have been your President since 2008 and have decided to stand down from next year, a decision not taken lightly, as my term in office has been most enjoyable over the years, but I feel that it is time for a pair of younger feet to take over. Hopefully, things will get better and that the branches will be able to have their regular meetings and we will be able to get back to normal.

With these thoughts I will now close and wish all members and their families my best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

John Lee  Lt Col (Retd)
President, Airborne Engineers Association

Message from the Association Chairman Dec 2021

It gave me great pleasure to chair the AGM at Harrogate on the 16th of October, the previous three National meetings, two OGM’s and the last AGM, were held by ‘Zoom’ which served its purpose but is not the same as a face to face meeting. The Gala Ball was an excellent event, very well organised by Adam Frame and his committee from the Yorkshire Branch and I thank them for all of their efforts. It was fantastic to be able to meet up with so many old friends after the trials and tribulations of the last 18 months.

It is also pleasing to see that the Association Branches are getting back into the rhythm of normal meetings and social events. This year Mel and I will be attending the Christmas functions being held by the Chatham and Birmingham Branches, we look forward to meeting as many members as possible and sharing a Christmas ‘Tot.’ It is doubtful however that we will take part in the Chatham Raffle as we were barely able to carry all of the prizes that we won the last time we were down there.

As we come out of the Covid restrictions, the round of memorial events continues. Mel and I have attended an extremely hot ‘Double Hills’ in Sept followed by the reduced memorial service at Cromwell Lock.

The next major event this year is Remembrance on the 14th of November and the Association has secured 36 places on the parade which will be our largest ever contingent. It is always a poignant event followed by a few drinks with the rest of the Corps at the ‘Sherlock Holmes.’

Sadly, this is the last ‘paper’ edition of the journal which is now going ‘online’ details of how this will work are included elsewhere, I would however like to thank Dave Rutter for his Sterling efforts in producing the Journal over many years.

Mel and I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Steve Wallis
Chairman, Airborne Engineers Association

Message from our site Administrator

We're always looking for content for our site. It doesn't have to be related to your time in the Squadron, though that's always good, it can be about anything you're up to now. I'd be happy to hear from anyone who has content we can post on our site. Please get in touch via the Contact page, either by the web form or email and I'll get back to you

Many thanks

Dave Pace

Life Vice Presidents

Bob Ferguson
Tom Ormiston
Fred Gray
Ray Coleman
Chris Chambers
Bob Prosser BEM
Dave Rutter



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